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Symposium ED5—Photoactive Nanoparticles and Nanostructures

Photoactive molecules (e.g., chlorophyll, heme) with well-defined size and chemistry are essential pigments in many biological energy transduction processes in plants, algae, and bacteria including light harvesting, photo-catalytic synthesis, water splitting. Inspired by their utility and function, in recent years, there has been a widespread interest in the synthesis and integration of complex photoactive nanoparticles and nanostructures, such as noble metal (Au, Ag, etc.) and semiconductor nanoparticles (TiO(2), ZnO, TaON, etc.), porphyrins arrays, etc., aiming to emulate natural light harvesting processes and energy conversion and storage and to develop new functional nanostructured materials. Through major advantages in fabrication, functionalization and assembly technologies, both photoactive nanoparticles and nanostructures have shown tremendous impacts on the fundamental and applied material research in optoelectronics, energy conversion, sensing and imaging fields. Specific attentions have been focused on photovoltaic cells, photoelectrochemical cells, photocatalytic redox and water splitting, phototherapy and imaging. The overarching goal of this symposium has been planned as an interdisciplinary platform for research addressing challenges in development of efficient synthesis of photoactive nanoparticles and nanostructures to create new materials with capabilities rivaling those in living things and integration of these materials for optical and electronic applications. Specifically, the interdisciplinary sessions will include both oral and poster presentations that explore novel physical phenomena of photoactive nanoparticles and nanostructures, the synthesis/fabrication and characterization of nanoparticles and nanostructures with tailored optoelectronic properties, and the application of these materials in photoelectrical conversion devices. Of particular interests are efforts motivated by the development of next-generation technologies for highly efficient energy generation or usage.

Topics will include:

  • Plasmonic resonance of noble metal nanoparticles
  • Self-organization and hierarchical structures
  • Novel synthesis and fabrication routes for photoactive nanoparticles and nanostructures
  • Tuning of size, shape and composition and correlated optical and electronic properties
  • Band and energy structure tuning by doped with optically and/or electronically active impurities
  • Ultrafast optical processes (e.g., charge transfer, carrier trapping and recombination)
  • Optoelectronic devices (e.g., photovoltaics, photodetectors, photoelectrochemical cells and photocatalysts)
  • Bio-related application of nanoparticles (e.g., bioimaging, biosensing, photodynamic and photothermal therapy)

Invited Speakers:

  • Kazunar Domen (The University of Tokyo, Japan)
  • Hongyou Fan (Sandia National Laboratories, USA)
  • David Ginger (University of Washington, USA)
  • Andreas Greiner (University of Bayreuth, Germany)
  • Jennifer Hollingsworth (Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA)
  • Albena Ivanisevic (North Carolina State University, USA)
  • Akihiko Kudo (Tokyo University of Science, Japan)
  • Guido Mul (University of Twente, Netherlands)
  • Peter Müller-Buschbaum (Technische Universität München, Germany)
  • Weiss Paul (University of California, Los Angeles, USA)
  • Kirk Schanze (University of Florida, USA)
  • Patrik Schmuki (Friedrich-Alexander-University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany)
  • Yugang Sun (Temple University, USA)
  • Zaicheng Sun (Beijing University of Technology, China)
  • Yongjun Tian (Yanshan University, China)
  • Yang Xia (Chinese Academy of Sciences, Institude of Microelectrnics, China)
  • Younan Xia (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Peidong Yang (University of California, Berkeley, USA)
  • Yadong Yin (University of California, Riverside, USA)
  • Shuhong Yu (University of Science and Technology China, China)
  • Tianyou Zhai (Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China)
  • Jiatao Zhang (Beijing Institute of Technology, China)

Symposium Organizers

Feng Bai
Henan University
86-371-2388-5808, baifengsun@126.com

Ying-bing Jiang
Angstrom Thin Film Technologies LLC

Bin-song Li
Tsinghua Innovation Center in Dongguan
812-272-0913, binsongli@gmail.com

Dong Qin
Georgia Institute of Technology
School of Materials Science and Engineering